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DIALYSIS KONNECTIONS - CHAIR SWAP PROGRAM Minimize

AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL DIALYSIS CHAIR EXCHANGE PROGRAM

This program has been set up to help Australian dialysis patents and their families 'konnect', to organise travel - to take a respite break, enjoy interstate travel within Australia or a holiday.

Register for our pilot program to connect with others in Australia privately, to arrange a 'dialysis chair swap'. Your renal staff must agree to this chair swap. This Konnections Register is private, simple and easy. These are current listings for your reference.

Australian Dialysis Konnections Register
Current requests to Swap Dialysis Chairs

Australian Capital Territory DUG - none current
New South Wales DUG - none current
Queensland DUG - none current
Sth Australian DUG - none current
Tasmanian DUG - none current

Western Australian DUG>
Dialyser
from Bunbury Renal Unit
*Dialysis chair swap for Robina or Southport QLD, Broome or North West WA
Victorian DUG>
Dialyser from Sale Renal Unit, Gippsland
*Dialysis chair swap anywhere in Australia, for peaceful respite









HOW TO REGISTER FOR A DIALYSIS CHAIR SWAP

STEP 1 - REGISTER
Send us your Letter of Registration signed by your nephrologist and dialysis unit staff which confirms your health is stable and you can travel. (You may be asked to complete a more detailed request from the Dialysis Unit). Use our Australian Dialysis Unit Guide to locate any renal or dialysis unit in Australia.

STEP 2 - ADVERTISE
When we receive your signed registration letter, which should include details of your travel wish, we simply register your area of dialysis in the Dialysis Konnections Register (see below). The exact location of your dialysis unit is not identified - only areas and regions are noted. You can request a couple of locations, but can only accept one 'konnection' at a time.

STEP 3 - RECOGNITION
Another haemodialysis patient wishing to travel (who must also be registered under the same criteria) sees your travel wish details and location on the Konnections Register.

STEP 4 - CONTACT
Registrant makes contact with Kidney Health Australia requesting a 'Konnection'.

STEP 5 - EXCHANGE
When you are identified as a registrant with a matching travel wish, we help you 'connect' with your possible dialysis chair swap partner privately, to refine plans, dates etc. You each then confirm plans for a 'swap' for an agreed time period with your individual dialysis unit contact to confirm and complete the arrangements.

Keep in mind - some dialysis units may:
-  have temporary vacancies for a set period
-  require patient screening for communicable diseases, before exchange can be approved
-  keep chairs for holiday patients *Refer Dialysis & Travel

SPREAD THE WORD!
This is a new pilot program - we need your help to promote the 'chair swap' program. If any steps seem unclear, contact Teresa by email teresa.taylor@kidney.org.au or phone 08 8334 7509.


IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • Talk to your dialysis unit staff or nephrologist before you start to plan any holiday. Ask them if they feel you could enter into this program.

  • You may need to be flexible around your original plans to come to an agreement on exchange dates. You will need to swap exact treatment times with each other.

  • When you register, you agree to allow your name and contact details to be given to another registered program patient who has shown interest in discussing an exchange. Make sure you are comfortable with passing on your personal contact details to any suitable dialysis swap partners before registering.

  • No private contact details or exactly locations of dialysis units will be listed of the Register below - an entry will only list a registrant's current location and desired destination (See example in Register below).

  • Your dialysis unit will have the necessary paperwork to send your treatment/condition details to the other participating unit. There may be certain conditions where the other unit may not accept your treatment.

  • You must check with your own dialysis unit prior to agreeing to an exchange of dialysis chairs.

  • Illness, emergency situations in the dialysis unit or some other situation may arise, where one of the pair have no option but to cancel your agreed plans, preventing the exchange. You would be wise to consider some form of travel insurance, or personal cover and savings, should your travel plans be cancelled.

AUSTRALIAN DIALYSIS UNITS WHICH OFFER TRAVEL ON DIALYSIS PLACES

  Booking ahead is essential - no guaranteed spaces available - click links in red below

New South Wales

EnableNSW - The Away From Home Haemodialysis Program>
Eligible haemodialysis patients living in NSW can access dialysis services at no cost, when traveling away from home for education, work, holidays. Subject to availability & funding, you can receive up to 3 sessions a year at one of the units listed on their site, Tasmania), away from your usual place of residence. Register for this program now if a NSW Resident - you and your family may be able to enjoy a well earned break.

Newcastle: Wansey Dialysis Centre - John Hunter Hospital NSW>
Call Team Leader in High Dependency on 02 4943 9635 or send request to:
Wansey Dialysis Centre, 1A Dudley Road Charlestown NSW 2290

Northern Territory

Alice Springs Dialysis Unit
Staff try to keep a shift for travelers with advance notice. Visit MacDonnell Ranges or Standley Chasm- call the Dialysis Unit on 08 8951 650

Queensland Townsville Renal Unit Call dialysis unit on 07 4433 2650

Victoria

Kyabram & District Health Services
Holiday dialysis: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (morning) Call Natalie Sheehan 03 5857 0217

Lorne Satellite Dialysis Unit
Monday, Wednesday Friday mornings.
For those on a weekend break or in busy holiday times staff try to fulfill requests. From Xmas week to February the dialysis unit will be open for 2 morning sessions from Monday to Saturday. Lorne Dialysis Unit is a Satellite Unit of Geelong Hospital (Barwon Health) so no Renal Physician is on site. Inquiries to reception@swarh.vic.gov.au or call 03 5289 4300 - important to read travel brochure first.

Dialysis & Transplant Association - D.A.T.A. Victoria
D.A.T.A is a patient self-help group made up of people with kidney failure and their families, carers and friends.They support their members with access to low cost holiday homes for those on dialysis, to enable a family holiday. Two of the D.A.T.A Vic holiday homes offer dialysis options.

Download D.A.T.A. Vic brochure for holiday homes at Rosebud, Yarrawonga and Blackburn>

Tasmania

Launceston Community Health Centre Renal Unit
22 McHugh Street, Kings Meadows( near Launceston) Tasmania - call 03 6336 5132

Renal Units provide dialysis session to those from North/ North West Tasmania.
Vacancy possible for other units with advance notice.

Western Australia

Royal Perth Hospital - permanent holiday spots - no guarantee.


KIDNEY HEALTH AUSTRALIA - DIALYSIS AND TRAVEL PROGRAMS


Questions about travel on dialysis - KIDNEY HEALTH INFORMATION SERVICE 1800 454 363


BIG RED KIDNEY BUS

To find out more about this program - go to the BIG RED KIDNEY BUS webpage>

This mobile dialysis bus will provide holiday dialysis at Victorian holiday spots for up to 6 weeks at a time, parked at local caravan parks. Dialysis patients will need private accommodation, but can dialyse on the BIG RED KIDNEY BUS and enjoy a real holiday with their family.

For some, this will be their first break since starting dialysis routine 3 times a week for 5 hours, as there are very few spare chair spots available in dialysis units - it is rare to locate a dialysis unit near a holiday destination.

The future of this project
This consumer initiated project is a "first" in Victoria - a model that the bus and transport industry may be able to support in every state and territory of Australia. A further four buses are pledged which may be utilized for holiday mobile dialysis as well as early detection and screening for chronic kidney disease, in regional and remote parts of Australia. 

DONATE ONLINE HERE>
Simply note your donation BIG RED KIDNEY BUS Program. Or simply call us on 1800 454 363 and our staff will make your donation via credit card easy.

Enquiries: Call Jo Fairbairn, Community Education & Health Promotion Manager on 03 9674 4315 or email jo.fairbairn@kidney.org.au

Updated 14 March 2014  Disclaimer: Kidney Health Australia undertakes no responsibility for cancelled holiday exchanges or unusual circumstances that may evolve around this arrangement. Kidney Health Australia has no responsibility for any financial loss incurred by any cancelled or delayed dialysis exchange. All Kidney Health Australia will do is facilitate a safe exchange of contact details between those registered in this program. The remaining arrangements are up to you.

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